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21 01, 2012

Review: For Men Only by Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn

By | January 21st, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Relationships, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

For Men Only is a handy pocket guide into the minds of women. It follows the logic of how women think or behave at various times in their lives. The book shows men how to listen to women, instructs them on what not to say and gives tips on getting along with women in romantic relationships. The book also includes responses from female respondents who explain how they would feel in regard to various relationship issues.

For Men Only is grey-tabbed on the edges of the pages and separated into sections on sex, beauty, listening skills, security, emotion and reassurance. Each chapter has bullet points, examples, call-out quotes, truths about women, exceptions to the rules, quizzes for the reader, definitions and solutions to typical problems presented in relationships. It tells men what not to say in many emotional

17 12, 2011

Review: Shut Up & Dance! by Jamie Rose

By | December 17th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Tango lessons provide a backdrop to the rules of etiquette and other life lessons in Shut Up & Dance! by Jamie Rose. The book highlights life lessons learned in partner dances and shows the reader how to manage relationships – professional, romantic or otherwise.

Rose discusses her personal life and how she has embraced professional dancing as an important part of that life. She uses a glossary of terms, short quotes about the joys of dance, photos and funny stories about her own life to explain the power of dance to the reader. All the while, her childhood with famous show business parents is the true inspiration behind the story. Her parents worked hard but kept the most important priorities in sight: taking care of the family and meeting the needs of their children as best they could.


14 12, 2011

Review: Meet to Marry by Bari Lyman

By | December 14th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Meet to Marry by Bari Lyman is a guidebook for anyone interested in changing the way he or she thinks about dating and eventually getting married. The Meet to Marry philosophy is one that approaches dating as a precursor to marriage and that encourages the daters to look for a deeper, lasting and more meaningful love while choosing their lifetime partner. Granted, finding a lifetime partner is probably the goal for most daters already, but they may waste valuable time dating around and dating the wrong type of person from the very start.

The steps in the Meet to Marry program are easy to follow. They include becoming your own best friend first, understanding your perfect type of relationship by evaluating your own emotional needs, choosing meaningful conversations with your partner , and creating your own dating plan of

10 12, 2011

Review: Dignity by Donna Hicks Ph.D

By | December 10th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Psychology, Psychology & Counseling, Relationships, Social Sciences|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Donna Hicks, Ph.D. is an expert on relationships and managing professional conflicts. She develops conflict resolution workshops around the world to show participants how to improve their relationships with each other by becoming more sensitive to the dignity of others.

In her book, Dignity, Hicks describes the essential elements of dignity, which show the readers how to honor it in themselves and in others. She then discusses the ways we inadvertently or intentionally violate the dignity of others. The last section of the book shows how to utilize the power of dignity to manage and improve relationships.

Hicks does an exemplary job of explaining how the concept of preserving dignity in ourselves and others shapes our lives. It is true that we will remember when someone else causes us to feel our dignity has been assaulted. At those times,

6 07, 2011

Review: The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags

By | July 6th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags is for any woman in a relationship, out of a relationship, thinking of a new relationship, or reminiscing on a past relationship. The book has all of the answers to dating men and for spotting the flags that signal their fidelity, love, affections and true feelings, or lack thereof.

I could not put The Little Black Book down. Each chapter describes a type of trait or characteristic, such as being immature or a cheater, and offers advice, red flags, testimonials and “WTF” stories of women who have had to deal with the situations first hand.

The book’s authors are three women who definitely know what they are talking about. They write in a style that is at once authoritative and conversational. You do feel as if you are talking to your

5 02, 2011

Review: The Ice Cream Theory by Steff Deschenes

By | February 5th, 2011|Categories: Biographies, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

In The Ice Cream Theory, Steff Deschenes uses ice cream as a theory to rate and categorize the people in her life. Each chapter begins with a famous quote about ice cream, then highlights a different type of ice cream flavor as it relates to Deschenes’ experiences (chocolate chip = Christmas story).

The Ice Cream Theory is full of self-deprecating humor, stories about the author and her friends, and tales from the author’s past. The paragraphs are a bit choppy (some only a sentence long), but the grammar and ideas are whimsical and fresh. Deschenes’ stories about others show so much about her own personality and up beat views on life; the book is not about herself and about herself in all the right ways.

Through her writing, it is easy to glimpse that Deschenes is fascinating, unready to

23 05, 2010

Review & Interview: Family Constellations: A Practical Guide to Uncovering the Origins of Family Conflict by Joy Manne

By | May 23rd, 2010|Categories: Authors, Health, Mind, & Body, Interviews, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Erin N.

Dr. Manné, Buddhist Psychologist, has written a guide detailing the method of therapy created by Bert Hellinger: Family Constellation. This method operates on the premise that all behavior patterns are the result of the families we are born into.  The constellation method claims that each family has an “energy field” and that everyone within it holds a unique position. This position determines our ability to cope with stress, feel happiness, engage in healthy relationships, etc. This energy field that holds all the family members in place is created by the family’s history, thus the actions of previous generations (even if there had been no direct contact) influence an individual’s place in this energy field.  The constellation method helps clients discover their place in the

15 02, 2010

Blog Tour: Home Is Where the Wine Is by Laurie Perry

By | February 15th, 2010|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Love & Romance, Psychology & Counseling, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


home is where the wine is book coverPlease join Laurie Perry, author of Home Is Where the Wine Is, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Laurie Perry’s Home Is Where the Wine Is offers the reader useful advice for getting to and past the age of forty. Perry encourages the readers to live their lives to the fullest, no matter what happens to them.

Her lessons on life and meditation are really funny, and can be considered a type of guide to doing everything better. She writes in a clear style that is easy to follow and her tone is conversational, as if she is your best friend in the room with you.

20 07, 2009

Review: The Vixen Manual by Karrine Steffans

By | July 20th, 2009|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: |2 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda B.

The Vixen Manual is the girlfriend’s guide to guys and self worth. Karrine makes no claim to be an expert, nor a saint – she simply tells it like it is. She learned from and shares her personal experiences of dating high profile celebrities, politicians, younger and older men and finally settling down and getting married to her best friend. She takes the reader step by step from being single, to dating, to settling down.

Know that you are worth it, know that you deserve to be happy, live for yourself and don’t lose yourself to a man are some of the points from the first chapter. Karrine offers dating tips for the single mom, benefits to dating a younger man, how to handle rejection, and